Update – 2/21/15

Saturday, February 21, 11:52AM

Dear MSSA Friends,

Today there was no Motion to Reconsider the failing 50-50 vote on HB 371 (Prohibited Places) from yesterday.  I haven’t yet heard why the reconsideration didn’t happen, but I assume that proponents just couldn’t round up the votes necessary to make it happen.  Legislators are under a crushing workload and running out of patience, including with other legislators wanting to bring up issues already voted on.  I suspect it is because of that impatience and workload that the Motion to Reconsider HB 371 didn’t happen.  HB 371 is now dead.

HB 320, MSSA’s bill to clarify that schools are not mandated to expel from school a kid who forgot to take a hunting rifle out of a vehicle before parking in the school parking lot, has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee and will advance to Second Reading before the full House, probably Monday or Tuesday.  Get messages in to House members to support HB 320.

HB 281, MSSA’s bill to rein in game wardens and require that they comply with all the laws that deputy sheriffs comply with for arrest, search and seizure, has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee and will advance to Second Reading before the full House, probably Monday or Tuesday.  Get messages in to House members to support HB 281.

Please contact these Representatives via the Message Center, 444-4800, or the Online Message Form at:
http://leg.mt.gov/css/About-the-Legislature/Lawmaking-Process/contact-legislators.asp#email

Thanks for your ongoing help.

Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
http://www.mtssa.org
Author, Gun Laws of Montana
http://www.MTPublish.com